On Monday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) released a statement condemning President Donald Trump's expected decision to end a controversial immigration program that defers deportation for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.
Pelosi suggested that ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was immoral and unjust. “President Trump’s decision to end DACA should break the hearts and offend the morals of all who believe in justice and human dignity," she said.
Before calling on Congressional Republicans to protect DACA recipients from deportation, Pelosi described Trump's decision as a “cruel act of political cowardice.”
Trump, Pelosi said, was also wrong to pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio who she said punished “young children who are innocent.” Arpaio's pardon was controversial in part because he defied a court order to stop rounding up suspected undocumented immigrants.
Leading Republicans have publicly opposed Trump unilaterally ending DACA. On Monday, Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) seemed to also condemn Trump's would-be repeal as unjust. “We as Americans do not hold children legally accountable for the actions of their parents,” he said in a statement.